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Old 07-29-2011, 10:19 AM   #1
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Thumbs up What a great current distro.


I needed to have linux on 2 boxes, mine and my Moms. She has a single core with 512 MB ram, and it had to be some form of "live" distro so she could log onto windows normally (no grub or lilo).

I could put anything on my own box but the less work the better.

This is for programming in perl while I am at her house, and of course editing at home. Unfortunately my USB drive died so I couldn't install puppy to it and take it back and forth. So short story long I burned the latest and greatest distro of puppy and here I am.

Man, I am impressed! I have used a lot of "live" distros but this current version of puppy is very nice. Its lightweight and easy to use. I was able to get perl installed without reading anything, the package manager was intuitive. Its lightweight and has all the features I would expect in a 120-some MB OS. It played media right off of the drive and had flash already working (as soon as i setup firefox). It played a movie I had on the HD out of the box.

Great job all involved.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Hi,

Dunow if this info can be of any help...but, you may consider an OS on a USB stick. On old(er) systems, you'd boot up from the CD-rom (MacPup, Puppy, a Fedora, perhaps), plug in the stick and mount it.

Or, if (of course) the system(s) can boot of a stick, try a pendrive Linux...

By the way, Xubuntu allows an install on a stick (done that once), just make sure it's bootable. Macpup on a stick (4Gb!) works for sure, used that successfully, the whole thing (including the docs you need) stay on the stick that you have with you. How neat is that?

Luck!

Thor
 
Old 07-29-2011, 12:34 PM   #3
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Unfortunately my USB drive died so I couldn't install puppy to it and take it back and forth.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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Alas, today is payday, I may find it in my budget to purchase a new USB device.

Regardless, puppy is what perfect for what i need it for. Xubuntu runs slow on this box. I like it, but its not for this machine.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 02:34 PM   #5
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Alas, today is payday, I may find it in my budget to purchase a new USB device.
Go for it, a stick with 4Gb is more than enough. And yes...

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Xubuntu runs slow on this box. I like it, but its not for this machine.
Xubuntu has some system requirements, too...

Nonetheless, Puppy/MacPup come out of the "kennel" up and running, so, you'd be on a great distro, without too much config. Right what you need.

Luck!

Thor
 
Old 08-07-2011, 12:31 PM   #6
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One thing you can do after getting a usb memory/storage stick is to install Puppy to it as a frugal install.
Then make 2 pupsave files. One for home use and one for mom's place.
Save your work to /mnt/home and it will be available to you at both home and moms.
That saves you from having to reconfigure Puppy when switching computers.
When you boot with 2 or more pupsave files present, Puppy will ask which one you want to use.
 
Old 08-13-2011, 07:32 PM   #7
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One thing you can do after getting a usb memory/storage stick is to install Puppy to it as a frugal install.
Then make 2 pupsave files. One for home use and one for mom's place.
Save your work to /mnt/home and it will be available to you at both home and moms.
That saves you from having to reconfigure Puppy when switching computers.
When you boot with 2 or more pupsave files present, Puppy will ask which one you want to use.
I wound up going with slackware on my home PC. Instead of replacing the flash drive I got a usb hard drive. I just throw all the saved stuff on there. Its definitely my favorite 'small' live distro. Even tho I run slackware i like it better than slax.
 
  


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